Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones Not At Minicamp

Per Darren Urban of the team website, Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones was not at the start of minicamp for Arizona on Tuesday. 

Jordan Hicks

Fellow Cardinals LB Jordan Hicks, who has been given permission to seek a trade, was also not in attendance. 

“We’ve been in communication with both guys, we know the situations and I’ll leave that dialogue between us,” Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said. “Nothing else to report on that.”

There have been rumors that Jones could be discontented with his current deal and look to push the issue. He has no remaining guarantees on his deal that has one year and $15.5 million left, a far cry from what most other elite pass rushers are making. 

Urban reports Jones was in attendance for promotional media photo shoots at least, which shows the situation isn’t dire at the moment. 

As for Hicks, Arizona has used first-round picks each of the past two years on inside linebackers and seems ready to move on to them. 

Jones, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2012. He played out his four-year, $8.173 million contract before the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option back in April of 2015.

The Patriots elected to trade Jones to the Cardinals in 2016 for G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick. Arizona franchise-tagged Jones before signing him to a five-year, $82.5 million deal. 

Jones is set to make a base salary of $15.5 million in 2021.

In 2020, Jones appeared in four games for the Cardinals and recorded 10 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery before going on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. 

Hicks, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Eagles back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,992,732 contract and was testing the open market when he agreed to a four-year deal worth $36 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed with Arizona back in 2019. 

For 2021, Hicks agreed to reduce his 2021 base salary to $2 million and eliminate his roster bonus. In turn, Hicks receives $1 million in per-game roster bonuses.

In 2020, Hicks appeared in all 16 games for the Cardinals and recorded 118 tackles, one interception and four passes defended. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 54 linebacker out of 83 qualifying players. 

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